Mecklenburg County, NC

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Population

1.08M

2.09% growth

Median Age

35.1


Median Household Income

$65,588

4.14% growth

Poverty Rate

13.4%


Number of Employees

572,081

3.42% growth

Median Property Value

$234,100

5.74% growth

About

In 2017, Mecklenburg County, NC had a population of 1.08M people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $65,588. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Mecklenburg County, NC grew from 1.05M to 1.08M, a 2.09% increase and its median household income grew from $62,978 to $65,588, a 4.14% increase.

The population of Mecklenburg County, NC is 46.8% White Alone, 31% Black or African American Alone, and 13.3% Hispanic or Latino. 18.9% of the people in Mecklenburg County, NC speak a non-English language, and 89.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mecklenburg County, NC are University of North Carolina at Charlotte (7,129 degrees awarded in 2016), Central Piedmont Community College (3,216 degrees), and Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (744 degrees).

The median property value in Mecklenburg County, NC is $234,100, and the homeownership rate is 56.6%. Most people in Mecklenburg County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24 minutes. The average car ownership in Mecklenburg County, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Mecklenburg County, NC employs 572k people. The largest industries in Mecklenburg County, NC are Finance & Insurance (65,283 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (64,594 people), and Retail Trade (61,355 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($130,533), Utilities ($85,033), and Finance & Insurance ($76,190).

Median household income in Mecklenburg County, NC is $65,588. Males in Mecklenburg County, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,208. The income inequality in Mecklenburg County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$65,588

2017 value

± $1,706

4.14%

1 Year Growth

± 4.13%

Households in Mecklenburg County, NC have a median annual income of $65,588, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $62,978 in 2016, which represents a 4.14% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,048

Average Male Salary

± $1,147

$46,208

Average Female Salary

± $809

In 2017, full-time male employees in Mecklenburg County, NC made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $63,340 ± $4,747

  2. White

    $51,739 ± $820

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $47,717 ± $31,159

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Mecklenburg County, NC workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Mecklenburg County, NC by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mecklenburg County, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.474

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.293% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 28

  2. Census Tract 29.05

  3. Census Tract 58.32

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mecklenburg County, NC was Census Tract 28 with a value of $190,104, followed by Census Tract 29.05 and Census Tract 58.32, with respective values of $179,844 and $162,500.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Mecklenburg County, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mecklenburg County, NC (136k out of 1.02M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    59,533 ± 1,814

  2. White

    50,489 ± 1,693

  3. Hispanic

    32,160 ± 1,329

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Mecklenburg County, NC is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

572k

2017 Value

± 12,993

3.42%

1 Year growth

± 3.08%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mecklenburg County, NC grew at a rate of 3.42%, from 553k employees to 572k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mecklenburg County, NC, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (38,980 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (19,877 people), and Cooks & Food Preparation Workers (14,780 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mecklenburg County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mecklenburg County, NC, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (38,980 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (19,877 people), and Cooks & Food Preparation Workers (14,780 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mecklenburg County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Financial Managers (2.76 times higher than expected), Other Financial Specialists (2.3 times), and Sales Representatives, Services (1.96 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mecklenburg County, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($91,500), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,653), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($76,480).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

572k

2017 Value

± 12,993

3.42%

1 Year growth

± 3.08%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mecklenburg County, NC grew at a rate of 3.42%, from 553k employees to 572k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mecklenburg County, NC, are Finance & Insurance (65,283 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (64,594 people), and Retail Trade (61,355 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mecklenburg County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Mecklenburg County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Mecklenburg County, NC, by number of employees, are Finance & Insurance (65,283 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (64,594 people), and Retail Trade (61,355 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mecklenburg County, NC has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (2.4 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.38 times), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mecklenburg County, NC, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($130,533), Utilities ($85,033), and Finance & Insurance ($76,190).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals with $35.3B and Machinery and $34.5B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

88.5% of the population of Mecklenburg County, NC has health coverage, with 53.9% on employee plans, 13.3% on Medicaid, 7.92% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.13% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Mecklenburg County, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Mecklenburg County, NC see 1150 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.41% increase from the previous year (1134 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1469 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 405 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,150 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Mecklenburg County, NC see an average of 1,150 patients per year. This represents a 1.41% increase from the previous year (1,134 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Mecklenburg County, NC in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11.5%

Uninsured

53.9%

Employer Coverage

13.3%

Medicaid

7.92%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

1.13%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mecklenburg County, NC grew by 4.38% from 11% to 11.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Mecklenburg County, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Mecklenburg County, NC is home to a population of 1.08M people, from which 89.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 14.4% of Mecklenburg County, NC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Mecklenburg County, NC is composed of 504k White Alone residents (46.8%), 334k Black or African American Alone residents (31%), 143k Hispanic or Latino residents (13.3%), 61.6k Asian Alone residents (5.72%), 28.8k Two or More Races residents (2.68%), 2.91k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.27%), 2.08k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.193%), and 355 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.033%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Mecklenburg County, NC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (106,524 speakers), Other Asian Languages (11,969 speakers), and African Languages (7,760 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Mecklenburg County, NC was 35.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Mecklenburg County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Mecklenburg County, NC residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

14.4%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

14.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 14.4% of Mecklenburg County, NC residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Mecklenburg County, NC was 14.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,569 ± 11,827 people

  2. India

    71,743 ± 6,553 people

  3. Honduras

    36,265 ± 4,667 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mecklenburg County, NC was Mexico, the natal country of 237,569 Mecklenburg County, NC residents, followed by India with 71,743 and Honduras with 36,265.

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Citizenship

89.6%

2017 Citizenship

90.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 89.6% of Mecklenburg County, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Mecklenburg County, NC was 90.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    504k ± 808

  2. Black or African American Alone

    334k ± 3.91k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    143k ± 9.49k

In 2017, there were 1.51 times more White Alone residents (504k people) in Mecklenburg County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 334k Black or African American Alone and 143k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Mecklenburg County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    106,524 speakers (11.1%)

  2. Other Asian Languages

    11,969 speakers (1.24%)

  3. African Languages

    7,760 speakers (0.806%)

18.9% of Mecklenburg County, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Mecklenburg County, NC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 11.1% of the overall population of Mecklenburg County, NC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.24% speak Other Asian Languages and 0.806% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    13,672 ± 1,365

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    10,931 ± 1,899

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    7,659 ± 1,549

Mecklenburg County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Mecklenburg County, NC awarded 14,307 degrees. The student population of Mecklenburg County, NC is skewed towards women, with 27,389 male students and 32,025 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mecklenburg County, NC are White (7,560 and 57%), followed by Black or African American (3,194 and 24.1%), Hispanic or Latino (995 and 7.5%), and Unknown (576 and 4.34%).

The largest universities in Mecklenburg County, NC by number of degrees awarded are University of North Carolina at Charlotte (7,129 and 49.8%), Central Piedmont Community College (3,216 and 22.5%), and Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (744 and 5.2%).

The most popular majors in Mecklenburg County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,054 and 7.37%), General Business Administration & Management (1,018 and 7.12%), and Registered Nursing (571 and 3.99%).

The median tuition costs in Mecklenburg County, NC are $30,396 for private four year colleges, and $3,737 and $16,908 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 395 degrees awarded

  2. 325 degrees awarded

  3. 482 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Mecklenburg County, NC was General Business Administration & Management with 395 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Mecklenburg County, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,129 degrees awarded

  2. 3,216 degrees awarded

  3. 744 degrees awarded

$3,737

Median In-State Public

$30,396

Median Private

In 2016, the Mecklenburg County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of North Carolina at Charlotte with 7,129 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,104

Degrees Awarded to Men

8,203

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 6,104 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mecklenburg County, NC, which is 0.744 times less than the 8,203 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Mecklenburg County, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,560 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    3,194 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    995 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Mecklenburg County, NC were to White students. These 7,560 degrees mean that there were 2.37 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 3,194 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mecklenburg County, NC was $234,100 in 2017, which is 1.08 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $221,400 to $234,100, a 5.74% increase. The homeownership rate in Mecklenburg County, NC is 56.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Mecklenburg County, NC have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Mecklenburg County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$65,588

Median Household Income

± $1,706

411k

Number of Households

± 10,313

In 2017, the median household income of the 411k households in Mecklenburg County, NC grew to $65,588 from the previous year's value of $62,978.

The following chart displays the households in Mecklenburg County, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$234,100

2017 Median

± $5,190

$221,400

2016 Median

± $4,565

In 2017, the median property value in Mecklenburg County, NC grew to to $234,100 from the previous year's value of $221,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Mecklenburg County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Mecklenburg County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Mecklenburg County, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Mecklenburg County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

56.6%

2017 Homeownership

55.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 56.6% of the housing units in Mecklenburg County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Mecklenburg County, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Mecklenburg County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Mecklenburg County, NC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

24 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mecklenburg County, NC have a shorter commute time (24 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.12% of the workforce in Mecklenburg County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.1%

  2. Carpooled

    8.66%

  3. Worked At Home

    8.15%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Mecklenburg County, NC was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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